The Komets' first game against the Cincinnati Cyclones since 1997 in the original IHL ended badly -- the Komets lost 4-1, in front of an announced crowd of 5,260 at Memorial Coliseum.
The Komets opened the scoring 13 minutes, 39 seconds into the game, when center Jean-Michel Rizk’s pass from behind the Cincinnati net set up right wing Thomas Beauregard for a goal from 20 feet out. Beauregard played for the Cyclones from 2007 to 2009.
The Cyclones answered 43 seconds later, during a power play, when forward David Pacan whacked a rebound past goaltender Charlie Effinger, who played college hockey at Miami (Ohio), just outside of Cincinnati.
Forward John Shalla made it 2-1 during a 2-on-1 rush in the second period – again, it was off a rebound – as the Cyclones controlled the bulk of the play.
A Ryan Lasch turnover at his own blue line set up a tic-tac-toe passing play for the Cyclones, a goal for forward John McFarland and a 3-1 lead at 5:52 of the third period.